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LampLight Youth Theatre Company - September 2008

Amarillo College

Nearly 180 students, ages 6 to 18, are enrolled in Amarillo College's LampLight Youth Theatre Company; they spend an hour each week learning improvisation skills, vocal performance and dance/choreography. Cynthia Koetting, Director of the Youth Theatre, coaches her students to overcome shyness, speak in public settings, and polish their raw talent for theatrics. Cynthia says that the students "are an honor to work with everyday. I am incredibly blessed, I love my job and I am so thankful to be supported in this way."

This year, the LampLight Youth Theatre Company will perform Christmas Doll in November, Peter Pan at the Amarillo Globe-News Center in March, and My Fair Lady in May. They will take the stage for 16 school performances this year, entertaining over 13,000 school-aged children in the Panhandle of Texas.

Back row: Austin Newton, Nolan Willingham, Corbin Cary, Maddie Sanders, Millie Scott, Brittney Hinojosa, Chandler Hinojosa and Kelsey Kilburn.
Second Row: Meredith Simpson, Emilie Yarbrough, Greyson Mondini, Bailey Allen, Hailey Six, Jerri Peacock, Michele Norman, Caleb Rose and Cordell Little.
Third Row: Hannah Deford, Natalie DiFederico, Sierra Collins, Aaron Shelby, Mollie Sanders, Brecken Morris, Kallie Kilburn, Nicole Newton and EmElise Knapp.
Fourth Row: Karley Allen, Sam Burks, Charlie Turner, Bryan Garcia, Ryan Karcher, Elizabeth Burks, Noah Valdez and Barrett Knapp.
Fifth Row: Cynthia Koetting, AC LampLight Youth Theatre Company; Mary Barlow, BSA: Gary Pitner, Panhandle Regional Planning Commission; Cherie Norman, Hastings; Dianne McClish, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce; Linda Palmer, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce; Jill Dana, McDonald's
Sixth Row: Nicole Havrilla, Amarillo Economic Development Corp.; Lynae Jacob, Amarillo College; Robert Boyd, Amarillo College; April Altom, Education Credit Union; Katharyn Wiegand, Amarillo Area Foundation; Rana McDonald, West Texas A&M University and Dale Williams, Xcel Energy.

calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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